Col Amidon is the Assistant Wing Commander, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Forces Reserve.
In his civilian capacity, Col Amidon is the Director for the Military Service Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute. As Director, Col Amidon works with the staff and key agencies to develop, implement and execute a wide variety of programs and events on behalf
of President George W. Bush. These include; policy and strategic efforts, Team 43 Sports events, and research requirements and conferences. Col Amidon ensures that all efforts align with and support the overall Military Service Initiative goal of fostering
successful transitions for our post-9/11 veterans and their families so that they can continue their proud service as leaders and national assets.
Col Amidon has served in both active duty and reserve capacities since 1994. As an AV-8B Harrier pilot with VMA-311, he deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from August 2001 to May 2002. As a staff officer with 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing he deployed as a
member of Current Operations and ATO Production in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Col Amidon then served as a T-45 Flight Instructor in Kingsville, TX, transitioning to the reserves in 2006. In 2012, he attended The Eisenhower School for National Security
and Resource Strategy, thereafter, joining MAG-41 in 2013 as OPSO and XO. In 2016 Col Amidon was selected as Senior Reserve Advisor MAG-41, serving until July 2019. He then joined Headquarters Marine Corps – Aviation for duties with ASM from July 2019 to Nov
2020 where he assumed his present duties with 4th MAW.
Col Amidon is originally from Stowe, Vermont and is a graduate of The University of Vermont. He earned his MBA at Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business in 2009. Col Amidon is married with three children.
Col Amidon’s personal decorations include the Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Air Medal (Strike numeral 2), The Meritorious Service Medal and The Legion of Merit.